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Old 01-25-2011, 01:10 PM   #21 (permalink)
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TPMS could actually save an expensive wheel and tire when used with low profile tires like on our MS6. Wish mine had it. Not much volume of air and distance between wheel flang and the road is not much. If you pick up a nail or glass cut while driving you may not have the chance to see it first or figure out you have a problem before it is to late. So TPMS is good for certain installations.
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I think ABS and airbags are relatively older features. I am referring to cars that park themselves, brake if you get too close to another car, lock all the doors when you put the car into drive, tell you when you need an oil change, have cameras, etc. etc. All these new features in the last 5-10 years are ridiculous in my opinion. It's becoming more and more a robot that drives you, rather than you taking control of the car. Give me a 1996-early 2000's car over a 2011 model any day.
I agree with the parking itself. Those systems are still slower than a human being can do it.

But,
- auto-locking of doors is nice and safe.
- Oil change monitors can save money, by not having you change oil that is still in good condition.
- cameras (or sonar parking aid) are nice when you need to get into a tigh parking spot.

sadly none of the above features are available on the Mazda 6.
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I agree with the parking itself. Those systems are still slower than a human being can do it.

But,
- auto-locking of doors is nice and safe.
- Oil change monitors can save money, by not having you change oil that is still in good condition.
- cameras (or sonar parking aid) are nice when you need to get into a tigh parking spot.

sadly none of the above features are available on the Mazda 6.
Well auto lock is and rear camera is w/ navigation

Also you live in the city or the burbs?
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- auto-locking of doors is nice and safe.
- Oil change monitors can save money, by not having you change oil that is still in good condition.
- cameras (or sonar parking aid) are nice when you need to get into a tigh parking spot.

sadly none of the above features are available on the Mazda 6.
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Well auto lock is and rear camera is w/ navigation.
...And I've seen oil life monitors that also kick on BEFORE 3K miles on a softly-driven daily driver before.

As for the auto-locks, I'm beginning to wonder if it was a mid-year change in 2010, since I've seen some '10 owners say they don't have 'em, while my '10 (a later build) has 'em, as well as other '10 owners.
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I've said this before... It's too bad they don't offer updates to the cars software. It would be nice to benefit from features like autolock. The car has the inputs/outputs for many of the things some of us want, it's just not in the programing.

In a pipe dream it would be open source and allow you to program the creature comfort functions. I can see them limiting the drivetrain and safety mods.
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As for the auto-locks, I'm beginning to wonder if it was a mid-year change in 2010, since I've seen some '10 owners say they don't have 'em, while my '10 (a later build) has 'em, as well as other '10 owners.
I think it might have been. I have a 2010 Mazda6, purchased 10/2009, but no auto-locks. It's ok...never hurts to just do it manually. Still would be a nice feature. Also, the slightly upgraded stereo with the small screen was not available either. Or at least I didn't see it on any 6's at multiple dealerships.
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Old 02-27-2011, 04:44 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Default Mazda 6 Tire Valve Stem Problem (Should be a recall item)

I read a couple of articles people have written about problems with leaking valve stems on their Mazda 6 vehicles. Recently, I experienced the problem first hand and this is a problem that should be on a recall notice item from Mazda. Two weeks ago, I took my vehicle in to get the tires checked for a slow leak in one of the front tires. They checked for leaks but could not find anything, however, by tires did need replacment because the were down to the wear indicator marks. After replacing the tires, they informed me that the Low pressure sensor light did not reset, but it should reset automatically after a couple miles of driving. That same evening, on my way home form work, my front tire went flat again. When the serviceman came to pump up the tire, the end of the valve stem popped off as he was filling the tire with air and the tire deflated like a popped balloon! Needless to say, I was not impressed and the serviceman said it was a good thing I was not driving when that happened. I called the tire shop and they replaced my tire without question. They also put a rubber valve stem in because the specified valve stem is on back order. They told me it was a metal corrosion problem resulting from salt corroding the valve stem at the base of the removable cap. One week later, the other front tire started to leak and it was the same issue. Now I am curious how long before the other 2 go, however, I can only visually check the tires because the low pressure light is on all the time, since I am still waiting for my replacement valve stem to be installed.

In almost 30 years of driving vehicles, I have never heard of valve stems that are only designed to last 2 years, when they cost $80 to purchase. Obviously, there is a problem with them since the replacement parts are supposedly still on back order.

Lesson learned to pass on to every Mazda 6 driver:
Get your valve stems checked as soon as the low pressure light starts coming on, expecially if it is one of your front tires to avoid loss of control if the valve stem pops off while driving.
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That same evening, on my way home form work, my front tire went flat again. When the serviceman came to pump up the tire, the end of the valve stem popped off as he was filling the tire with air and the tire deflated like a popped balloon!
What year and model is your 6?
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Default Tyre Valves - UK

Hi All, Good Morning.

I know this is an old thread now but perhaps some good news for the tyre valves, of which may help you get a refund if you have spent money to get them fixed.

www.mazda-campaign.co.uk • View topic - As an urgent matter of safety CHECK YOUR VALVE STEMS!

My members have uploaded 2 seperate documents that state Mazda have agreed to change the material on these valves (replace them with something new), there is a soft recall also with reference: ab018a.

I know this is in the UK but it should make no difference as the material used is the same.

Do you guys believe this to be a safety issue, whereas my valves snapped and i heard a huge bang, the tyres deflated within 10 seconds.

I hope this helps you lot.


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Old 12-13-2011, 04:07 AM   #30 (permalink)
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Hey all, I bought my 2010 6 a few weeks ago with 48k miles on it. both rear tpms were bad, due to the threaded part of the stem snapping off right at the base of the cap. As a side note, the car has 16" steelies with hubcaps and just by looking at the wheel with the cap off, there was a tremendous amount of dirt that has built up on the wheel. I'm positive the tpms are failing due to corrosion. I called the local mazda dealer to check if they would be covered under warranty to install, as the dealer I bought the car from was 200 miles away from where I live. The service tech at the mazda dealer informed me that even though my car is still under warranty. mazda only has a 36k mile warranty on their sensors. Here's my question though. I hate the tpm system completely. I know that in some situations it may be nice, but it's just not for me. I want to change all the tpms to plain rubber valve stems. But if I do that, will my indicator light stay on? Or will the light shutoff because it finds there are no sensors at all?

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